Za Za Zoom storms home to give Wheeler first win back

Sep 12, 2015

Given a gem of a ride by jockey Reece Wheeler, Za Za Zoom trounced all opposition at Kilmore this afternoon in the Core Projects BM64 Handicap over 1900m for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan.

The victory was the first of the season for Wheeler who only last week resumed riding after suffering a race fall at Ballarat in February.

“It’s great to see Reece back riding and punching out winners for us,” Noonan said.

“He does a lot of work for us and the riding ranks in Melbourne are so competitive that he’s had to inch his way back slowly but I couldn’t have asked him for a better ride today.

“I also have to give credit to Nigel Berry who bred and races this mare with his friends and family.

“He loves these staying types and has all the time in the world for this mare so it’s a great result for him and connections.”

Jumping well from barrier 4 in the field of 13, Wheeler settled off the fence behind the leaders where he put the 5-year-old Strategic mare to sleep down the back straight.

As the tempo quickened 600m out, Wheeler commenced a searching run to wind in the leaders and hit the front 300m out.

From there, Za Za Zoom ($12) was all running and surged to the line for a comfortable victory ahead of Tunes ($8) and Desert Samurai ($6.50).

The win continued the excellent start to the season Noonan has enjoyed as the stables fourth winner.